Thinking about SAT prep courses? Parents, click here for advice

No two high school students are alike. When colleges receive applications from prospective freshman, admissions departments spend a great deal of time considering all aspects of the application: the students’ high school, GPA, extracurricular activities, class rank, and more, and virtually no applications will read the same. One measure taken to evaluate students across the board on a level basis is the SAT, or Scholastic Aptitude Test. This exam, as well as the less-emphasized ACT, measure students’ college preparedness on the basis of inherent skills and potential.

In order to give their children an extra dose of college readiness, many parents decide to enroll them in test prep courses. These are often offered at no or little cost by the student’s high school, though local tutoring centers frequently offer courses as well. The courses prepare students for the challenges of testing and provide an inside look of the exam structure so students can better brace themselves for the daunting testing experience.